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41-31653

B-26 Marauder

B-26B-15-MA 41-31653 "King Bee" [KX:M]was assigned to the 353BG/558BS at Chipping Onger, UK. The aircraft was despatched on 31-Aug-43 along with 35 others to bomb the German airfield at Lille/Vendeville, France. The aircraft was struck by anti-aircaft fire and crashed at the target. It was the only loss on this mission. 5KIA 1POW 11 other aircraft were damaged.

P 1LT Ernest L. Anderson (KIA); CP 2LT Louis C. Stevenson (KIA)
B/N 2LT Earl T. Miller (KIA); RG TSGT William B. Powers, Jr. (KIA)
E/G SSGT Robert I. Abell (KIA; G SSGT Harry C. Seth (POW)

Service

Units

  • 387th Bomb Group

    387th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 387th Bomb Group flew just under thirty missions with the Eighth Air Force before being transferred to the Ninth Air Force in October 1943. The Group remained at Chipping Ongar, Essex after being reassigned and continued to hit targets in France....

  • 558th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Abell

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Engineer/Gunner | 387th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 31-Aug-43 in B-26B 41-31653 "King Bee" [KX:M] while serving Engineer/Gunner. The aircraft was struck by anti-aircraft fire and crashed while bombing the German airfield at Lille/Vendeville, France. Loss documented on MACR 471 but...

  • Ernest Anderson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 387th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 31-Aug-43 in B-26B 41-31653 "King Bee" [KX:M] while serving as pilot. The aircraft was struck by anti-aircraft fire and crashed while bombing the German airfield at Lille/Vendeville, France. PH

  • Earl Miller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator/Bombardier | 387th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 31-Aug-43 in B-26B 41-31653 "King Bee" [KX:M] while serving as Navigator/Bombardier. The aircraft was struck by anti-aircraft fire and crashed while bombing the German airfield at Lille/Vendeville, France. Loss documented on MACR...

  • William Powers

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator/Gunner | 387th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 31-Aug-43 in B-26B 41-31653 "King Bee" [KX:M] while serving as Radio Operator. The aircraft was struck by anti-aircraft fire and crashed while bombing the German airfield at Lille/Vendeville, France.

  • Harry Seth

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 387th Bomb Group
    Captured as Prisoner of War (POW) 31-Aug-43 in B-26B 41-31653 "King Bee" [KX:M] while serving as gunner. The aircraft was struck by anti-aircraft fire and crashed while bombing the German airfield at Lille/Vendeville, France, he managed to bale out of...

  • Louis Stevenson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 387th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 31-Aug-43 in B-26B 41-31653 "King Bee" [KX:M] while serving as Co-Pilot. The aircraft was struck by anti-aircraft fire and crashed while bombing the German airfield at Lille/Vendeville, France.

Missions

  • VIII Air Support Command 39B & 40

    31 August 1943
    VIII ASC 39B - 36 B-26s from 387BG are despatched to bomb the German airfield at Lille/Vendeville, France. All 36 are effective on the target, but one aircraft Fails to Return (FTR)-5KIA 1POW. There are no bomber gunner claims against enemy aircraft. ...

Places

  • Chipping Ongar

    Military site : airfield
    The air base was constructed by the 831st Engineer Battalion (Aviation) in late August 1942. The 387th Bomb Group were the only American group to be based there, flying B-26 Marauders in strategic missions over France, first for the Eighth and then for...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Lille, France 31 August 1943

Shot down by anti-aircraft fire while attacking the German airfield at Lille/Vendeville, France

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 May 2015 20:42:12 Lee8thbuff Changes to markings, description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 28-May-2015. Added Description and FTR event detail based on "The Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop * John A. Hery MBE; made connections to Unit/Squadron, Place and Mission within existing website data; added crew position, rank, full proper name and disposition per MACR 471; formatted crew display.

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2015 04:45:40 Tanks Changes to nicknames
Sources

http://www.markstyling.com/b26_research.15.htm

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:06 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 471 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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